Police have arrested a French national on suspicion of killing a compatriot whose body was found near a waterfall on Koh Samui on Thursday morning.
The suspect, identified as Cyrille Jean Paul Larignon, 43, is the owner of a restaurant on the island. According to the Daily News, police are searching for two other males who are suspected of being accomplices. Pol Lt Baitun Krajajang Grajajan, chief of Koh Samui Provincial Police Station, has named them as, Yves Daniel Climen and Georges Michel.
Pol Col Baitun said an initial investigation into the death of the French national, aged 40, revealed a major conflict had taken place over the sale of the victim’s restaurant. He had been shot dead and being dumped in a stream about two kilometres from the Tan Rua waterfall in Mae Nam, subdistrict of Koh Samui district.
The discovery of his body was reported to Koh Samui Provincial Police Station at around 9:30 on Thursday. Pol Col Baitun said, the suspect was the last person to see Mr Delacherie before he disappeared.
When officers arrived at the site the body had been dumped, they found the deceased with three injuries, consistent with gunshot wounds, on his neck; and a four centimetre gash on his forehead. His wife and one of his friendss told police that Mr Delacherie had followed Mr Larignon to the disputed restaurant which is located not far from where his body was found on Wednesday night. They lost contact with him after he set out.
A witness said he heard a dog barking near the spot at 23:00. When he left his house to check the commotion, he saw a car drive up, park near the site for about 20 minutes and then leave again. Unfortunately, he was unable to see the car’s make and model due to a lack of street lighting in the area.
Witnesses suggested that Mr Michel had reneged on a deal to sell his restaurant and the victim became highly incensed. “They went to sort the problem out at Cyrille’s restaurant,” Pol Col Baitun said, but during that discussion, Mr Michel’s drew a pistol and, without warning, shot Mr Delacherie in the head. A friend of the perpetrator, Mr Larignon, helped to hide the body at a nearby waterfall.
Mr Michel is being charged with murder and remains in police custody.
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- December 9, 2016: "French restaurant owner admits concealing a corpse, other two suspects deny involvement" (thairath.co.th)